Kanshudo Component Builder
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By default the Component Builder shows the most common Joyo kanji components (ie, components which are themselves Joyo kanji, or which are used in at least 3 other Joyo kanji). Select an alternative set of components below.

For details of all components and their English names, see the Component collections.
Kanshudo Component Builder Help
For detailed instructions, see the Component builder how to guide.
To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of. Once you have identified any component, search for it in any of three ways:
  1. Draw it in the drawing area
  2. Type the name in the text area
  3. Look for it in the list
Example: look up 漢
  • Notice that 漢 is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫
  • Draw any of these components (one at a time) in the drawing area, and select it when you see it
  • Alternatively, look for a component in the list. 氵 艹 口 each have three strokes; 夫 has four strokes
  • If you know the meanings of the components, type any of them in the text area: water (氵), grass (艹), mouth (口) or husband (夫)
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.
Kanshudo Component Builder Drawing Help
The Kanshudo Component Builder can recognize any of the 416 components listed in the chart below the drawing area. Tips:
  • Draw a component in the center of the area, as large as you can
  • Try to draw the component as it appears in the kanji you're looking up
  • Don't worry about stroke order or number of strokes
  • Don't draw more than one component at a time
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If you believe you've drawn your component correctly but the system is not recognizing it, please:
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Point of interest: 本音(ほんね)and 建前(たてまえ)

本音(ほんね)and 建前(たてまえ)
147 words
Grammar games:
The duality of
(true feelings) and
(public presentation) are an important concept in Japanese culture. 本音 refers to inner thoughts and feelings; one's honest internal views of a situation. 建前 refers to the public face one presents - in terms of appearance, or opinions, or attitude.
The idea that these might be different, and that might be institutionalized in the culture, often takes people by surprise. Japanese society works extraordinarily smoothly, despite the large population density - just under 130 million live in a usable area of about 39,400 square miles, giving a population density about 2.6x England. One of the reasons for this is that it is the opposite of a 'selfish' culture: Japanese believe firmly that avoiding inconveniencing or offending people around them is a key to the effective functioning of society. And sometimes that necessitates holding back what one might really think.

Words used in this point of interest

real intention; motive; true opinion; what one really thinks  (opposite: 建前)
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1. face; official stance; public position or attitude (as opposed to private thoughts)  (opposite: 本音; this meaning is restricted to form 建て前, 建前, 立て前, 立前)
2. ceremony for the erection of the framework of a house  (this meaning is restricted to form 建て前, 建前)
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Kanji used in this point of interest

ホン   book   もと origin   
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オン   イン   sound   おと    ね    
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ケン   コン   た to be built   たてる to build   
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ゼン   まえ before   
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